Saskatoon-based Wave of the Future 3D, with assistance from Create Café 3D Printing Solutions Inc and Saskatchewan Polytechnic, has produced the world's first 3D-printed full-sized camper. For more information see the IDTechEx report on 3D printing.
Named The Wave, the camper designed by Wave of the Future 3D, was printed in one piece and took around 230 hours to 3D print. The camper, which has a 100-year life expectancy, weighs 600 lbs and stands 6′ wide and 13′ long, and can be taken off of its base and put on stilts for a more permanent position; it also has three covered holes in the floor so it can be used as an ice-fishing hut in the cold Canadian winters. The camper was printed at Create Cafe.
"We believe any problem can be solved through 3D-printing," says Dustin Maki, CEO and founder of Create Café. "We are excited to 3D-print the world's first camper. This project wouldn't be possible without our relationship with Sask Polytech. Through an applied research grant we collaborated on the development of custom, high-flow nozzles that push the boundaries of 3D-printing."
The camper was printed on a custom ErectorBot 3D Printer nicknamed Printron - the largest indoor 3D printer in North America and the only one in Canada. Printron measures more than 28' long and more than 7' in width and height. Printron is owned by Randy Janes owner of Wave of the Future 3D. Future production and sales of the camper will be completed by Wave of the Future 3D. "People invest a lot of money in their RV. And you know, within five, 10, 15 years, three quarters of that investment is either rotted or molded away. With my structure you wouldn't get any of that," Janes said "So even if they want to change the windows, the appliances, the shape, they can pick and choose and customize pretty much 100 per cent, which is unheard of in the RV industry."
The main benefits of The Wave over traditionally manufactured campers are:
- 100 year life expectancy- PETG is a commonly used 3D printing material and can be recycled just like a pop bottle, is abrasion resistant, and eliminates water damage.
- One-piece print - The unibody design produces a stronger structure and reduces manual labour.
- Fully customizable- including colour, windows, layout, and appliances.
Source and top image: Saskatchewan Polytechnic